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US: BMI names Government Relations VP

 |  November 1, 2018

Broadcast Music, the music licensing organization, has named Michael Collins VP of government relations effective Monday November 5. Collins has been with the DC lobbying firm of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. Before that, he was legislative director for Sen. Tom Udall.

Government relations had been handled by Ann Sweeney, our SVP, international and global policy, who had been handling domestic efforts as well as overseeing international, said BMI, the latter which entials maximizing global royalties and overseeing relationships with performing rights groups abroad. “Having Michael on board now gives us a full-time presence in DC and allows Ann, who is based in NY, to focus fully on her international role,” said a BMI spokesperson.The move also follows the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, which was a big focus for Sweeney domestically.

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